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W is for Watermelon

Watermelon is often thought of as an all-American food, but China actually grows and uses the most watermelons in the world! Watermelons were first harvested 5,000 years ago in Egypt, and are now grown worldwide in 96 countries. Watermelon is a summer fruit that is a member of the gourd family. It grows on the ground like a pumpkin or squash, but there is no stringy inside to remove. The watermelon is 90% water, so it’s great for hydration to help meet daily goals! It’s also a good source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart, eyes, and immune system.

Watermelons come in a lot of different types and sizes, and even more than one color! We’re familiar with the reddish-pink color, but watermelon can also be yellow. The yellow variety of watermelon is even sweeter than the red, often compared to a honey flavor. You can enjoy watermelon sliced as is, layered with yogurt and granola, added to smoothies, or frozen for a sweet summertime treat!

Try adding watermelon to a fruit salad or even a salad with greens for something different. These fruit kabobs are a great kid-friendly treat and you can use any kind of fruit you like!

Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip(serves 8)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         recipe from whatscooking.fns.usda.gov
Ingredients
  • 1 cup watermelon (chunks)
  • 1 cup pineapple (chunks)
  • 1 cup grapes, red seedless
  • 1 cup strawberries (stemmed)
  • 2 kiwi (peeled and cut in quarters)
  • bamboo skewers
  • 1 cup yogurt, light strawberry (or any flavor desired)

Directions

1. Place fruit chunks on bamboo skewers. Place fruit kabobs on platter.
2. Place light strawberry yogurt in bowl.
3. Serve kabobs with yogurt on the side.